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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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I have stage 3 kidney disease and and used a fleet rectal enema for constipation I later found out it may cause kidney failure. Should I be worried?

I have stage 3 kidney disease and and used a fleet rectal enema for constipation I later found out it may cause kidney failure.  Should I be worried?

Yes it can: It contaions monobasic sodium phosphate and dibasic sodium phosphatase heptahydrate which is rarely known to cause kidney failure in certain individuals sometimes, it has been reported but it is very rare, and happens in people with normal kidneys. ...Read more

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Which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?

Yes: You can use a laxative once in a while but concentrate on eating healthy with enough fiber and more fruits and vegetables to avoid medications. If chronically constipated you may need doctors advice of how to tackle it with a stool softener which would be safer. ...Read more

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I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

Constipation: Fleet enemas can be used safely in pregnancy but should not be your first choice for constipation. Constipation in pregnancy should be treated with the following, in this order: 1. Fiber supplement and increased hydration 2. Oral stool softener (like docusate) 3. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia, or other oral pro-motility agent 4. Rectal suppository (like bisacoidyl) 5. Enema (like fleets). ...Read more

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I have been really constipated for almost a week so I did fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate). It worked great but I feel I may have squeezed it in too forcefully. ??

I have been really constipated for almost a week so I did fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate). It worked great but I feel I may have squeezed it in too forcefully. ??

Constipation causes: Most cases of constipation are secondary to the diet. I noticed that you also listed that you also had low thyroid output. Best measure of that is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Don't eat constipating foods for a while( rice, barley, oatmeal) milk, bananas. It should do it. ...Read more

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If i'm still constipated after a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and dulcolax, what can I try next?

If i'm still constipated after a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and dulcolax, what can I try next?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): This is an over the counter medication. Take one capful with whatever juice of fluid you prefer once a day. It is odorless and tasteless. ...Read more

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I toke two laxative two night ago an yesterday i felt sick so did a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) an it only got small amount out i stay constipated?

I toke two laxative two night ago an yesterday i felt sick so did a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) an it only got small amount out i stay constipated?

Constipation: Not sure what laxative you used. Normally, i would recommend the patient to have adequate hydration, stay active with exercising, eat high fiber diet. In addition, add fiber supplement such as citrucel (one table spoon in 8 oz of water daily). If the above is not improved, add MiraLAX (otc, one table spoon in 8 oz of water, daily to bid). Other agents are linzess, amitiza (lubiprostone). Work close with drs. ...Read more

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Sodium Bisphosphate (Definition)

Sodium bisphosphate is a laxative which is a ...Read more


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Fleet Enema (Definition)

Fleet enema is a laxative which is a ...Read more